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‘Administering hope and regular hearty laughs, it’s a powerful antidote to despair…’ – Susan Elderkin,co-author, The Novel Cure
?Things I love about it: the drama, the humour ? particularly Joe’s ? which made me laugh out loud, the richness of the wider family, the tangible fierce love and passion between Fran and Joe, the eccentricity of the wider family, the evocation of the Scottish landscape, the immersion in the language and culture of the fiddle? It?s a very lively book that is VERY hard to put down? ? Pippa Wainwright
‘A thoroughly enjoyable read whether or not you’ve been affected by stroke, Joe Faber and the Optimists really ought to be recommended reading in stroke clinics around the world.’ ? Michelle Ryles, The Book Magnet

Joe Faber’s a funny guy, good with his hands, and great with words ? until the stroke which leaves him severely disabled. But this is more than his story.There?s Fran, Joe?s wife, who draws up her manifesto and decides to act like an optimist; she hasn?t planned to be a carer. Their talented daughter Jess, who turns her trouble into music.While Jess?s fiancĂ© Matt, the management trainer, innocent, positive and daft, will do his best to keep them all on target.
Art School training made Joe a close observer of the world, but once he leaves hospital, how does the world see him? And care is erratic. So will Fran have to give up the job she loves? Can Matt?s energetic but insensitive sister be trusted to organise the wedding? There?s heartbreak and absurdity along the way; but humour is the family?s greatest asset in the drive to get Joe back on his own two feet. You?ll hear some wonderful fiddle music, and visit some magical Shetland places. Besides being fiercely honest about a tough subject, which the author has seen at first hand, Gill Oliver’s second novel is marked by a zest for life, and will surprise you right to the end.

‘Engaging and uplifting…. Moving, funny and unexpected.’
‘A wonderful read… It feels very real and very poignant… It’s also very funny.’
‘… told with humour and grace.’
‘A story of determination, optimism and love.’
‘A book I will definitely share.’

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